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Since the untimely death of Seamus Heaney in August 2013, writers, readers and fans have been revisiting his work and considering his legacy.
Join Geraldine Higgins of Emory University, Atlanta as she reflects on the experience of curating the first major exhibition on Heaney’s life and works. Mapping the world of Heaney’s poetry involves real places, mythical timeframes and the spaces of the imagination.
Opening in Dublin in 2017, the exhibition will draw on the writer’s extensive literary archive, which was donated to the National Library of Ireland in 2011, and on archives held by Emory University. Visitors will have the chance to experience the writer at work behind the scenes, through manuscripts, letters, photographs, broadsides and multi-media material.
Geraldine Higgins is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Irish Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. Her research interests include 20th century Irish literature and culture, archival studies and contemporary poetry. She is the author of Heroic Revivals from Carlyle to Yeats (Palgrave, 2012) and Brian Friel (Northcote House, 2011). She is currently editing a new Cambridge volume on Seamus Heaney in Context and curating a major exhibition on Heaney’s life and work with the National Library of Ireland.
The book will be available to buy from the Waterstones' stall at this event.